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Based on the files of the lawyers who freed them, Wrongful Conviction features interviews with men and women who have spent decades in prison for crimes they did not commit – some of them had even been sentenced to death. These are their stories.

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    • 4.4 • 4.7K Ratings

Based on the files of the lawyers who freed them, Wrongful Conviction features interviews with men and women who have spent decades in prison for crimes they did not commit – some of them had even been sentenced to death. These are their stories.

    Wrongful Conviction: False Confessions - Eric Weakley and Michael Hash

    Wrongful Conviction: False Confessions - Eric Weakley and Michael Hash

    Michael was serving a life sentence until one person came to his rescue: his mom.

    Laura Nirider and Steve Drizin bring us to Culpeper County, Virginia, to tell the story of teenage buddies Eric Weakley and Michael Hash. Local police solved a murder case by coercing Eric into falsely confessing and into falsely implicating his friend Michael as an accomplice. For years, lawyers couldn’t get justice for either of them -- until Michael’s mom found evidence that blew this case wide open.

    If you want to support Eric Weakley’s pardon petition, you can write to the governor of Virginia.

    Governor Ralph E. Northam

    Use the email form at: https://www.governor.virginia.gov/constituent-services/communicating-with-the-governors-office/

    Write a letter to:

    Governor Ralph E. Northam

    P.O. Box 1475

    Richmond, VA 23218

    Call:

    804-786-2211

    Secretary of the Commonwealth Kelly Thomasson

    Email to: pardons@governor.virginia.gov

    Write a letter to:

    Secretary of the Commonwealth

    Kelly Thomasson

    P.O. Bo 2454

    Richmond, Virginia 23218

    Call:

    804-692-2542

    Wrongful Conviction: False Confessions is a production of Lava for Good™ Podcasts in association with Signal Co No1

    A portion of this podcast series’ proceeds will be donated to the Center on Wrongful Convictions. To donate, learn more, or get involved, go to http://www.centeronwrongfulconvictions.org/

    Learn more and get involved at https://www.wrongfulconvictionpodcast.com/false-confessions

    • 33 min
    Wrongful Conviction: False Confessions - Ricky Davis

    Wrongful Conviction: False Confessions - Ricky Davis

    One woman was forced to talk.  The other was forced to listen.  Both were powerless.

    Laura Nirider and Steve Drizin tell us about a California man named Ricky Davis. In 1985, Ricky and his girlfriend, Connie, found their roommate brutally stabbed to death. Without any leads, the case went cold for 14 years until detectives convinced Connie that she had repressed memories of Ricky committing the crime.

    Wrongful Conviction: False Confessions is a production of Lava for Good™ Podcasts in association with Signal Co No1

    A portion of this podcast series’ proceeds will be donated to the Center on Wrongful Convictions. To donate, learn more, or get involved, go to http://www.centeronwrongfulconvictions.org/

    Learn more and get involved at https://www.wrongfulconvictionpodcast.com/false-confessions

    • 32 min
    Wrongful Conviction: Junk Science - Shaken Baby Syndrome

    Wrongful Conviction: Junk Science - Shaken Baby Syndrome

    In the final episode of the season, Josh Dubin explores Shaken Baby Syndrome with Kate Judson, Executive Director for the Center for Integrity in Forensic Sciences.

    Shaken Baby Syndrome isn’t a fool proof diagnosis. There are in fact many other causes for the symptoms of Shaken Baby Syndrome that do not arise from intentionally shaking a baby at all.

    Learn more and get involved.

    http://www.wrongfulconvictionpodcast.com/junk-science

    Wrongful Conviction: Junk Science is a production of Lava for Good™ Podcasts in association with Signal Co No1 and PRX.

    • 36 min
    Wrongful Conviction: False Confessions - Walter Ogrod

    Wrongful Conviction: False Confessions - Walter Ogrod

    To win exoneration, it wasn’t enough for the DA to declare innocence. The judge had to agree, or Walter wasn’t going anywhere.

    Laura Nirider and Steve Drizin bring us to Philadelphia for the story of Walter Ogrod. Walter was sent to death row by an old-school Philly justice system that was better known for injustice. He spent decades in prison for a murder he didn't commit -- until a new wave of reform-minded prosecutors found the truth behind Walter's false confession.

    Wrongful Conviction: False Confessions is a production of Lava for Good™ Podcasts in association with Signal Co No1

    A portion of this podcast series’ proceeds will be donated to the Center on Wrongful Convictions. To donate, learn more, or get involved, go to http://www.centeronwrongfulconvictions.org/

    Learn more and get involved at https://www.wrongfulconvictionpodcast.com/false-confessions

    • 31 min
    Wrongful Conviction: Junk Science - Eyewitness Testimony

    Wrongful Conviction: Junk Science - Eyewitness Testimony

    Josh Dubin discusses Eyewitness Testimony with renowned psychologist Elizabeth Loftus, a professor at the University of California, Irvine. She studies human memory, specifically the malleability of memory, a huge factor in cases where eyewitness testimony is used as evidence.

    It turns out that memories, just like other forms of evidence, can be manipulated, contaminated, and planted.

    Learn more and get involved.

    http://www.wrongfulconvictionpodcast.com/junk-science

    Wrongful Conviction: Junk Science is a production of Lava for Good™ Podcasts in association with Signal Co No1 and PRX.

    • 34 min
    Wrongful Conviction: False Confessions - Emerson Stevens

    Wrongful Conviction: False Confessions - Emerson Stevens

    Sometimes when detectives can't get a confession they'll settle for a something else

    Laura Nirider and Steve Drizin explore the story of Emerson Stevens, a fisherman from Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay. When a young mother was found murdered, it seemed all the evidence pointed to Emerson, until the case fell apart. Emerson survived 31 years in prison with the help of an ally from across the bay.

    Wrongful Conviction: False Confessions is a production of Lava for Good™ Podcasts in association with Signal Co No1

    Learn more and get involved at https://www.wrongfulconvictionpodcast.com/false-confessions

    To support Emerson Stevens’ request for an Absolute Pardon contact the Governor of Virginia's office and the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office. The Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office investigates the requests while the Governor grants or denies the requests.

    Governor Ralph E. Northam

    Use the email form at: https://www.governor.virginia.gov/constituent-services/communicating-with-the-governors-office/

    Write a letter to:

    Governor Ralph E. Northam

    P.O. Box 1475

    Richmond, VA 23218

    Call:

    804-786-2211

    Secretary of the Commonwealth Kelly Thomasson

    Email to: pardons@governor.virginia.gov

    Write a letter to:

    Secretary of the Commonwealth

    Kelly Thomasson

    P.O. Bo 2454

    Richmond, Virginia 23218

    Call:

    804-692-2542

    A portion of this podcast series’ proceeds will be donated to the Center on Wrongful Convictions. To donate, learn more, or get involved, go to http://www.centeronwrongfulconvictions.org/

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
4.7K Ratings

4.7K Ratings

MelB531 ,

Beyond eye opening!

It is astonishing how much this happens! From the false confessions, to the bad police work and terrible lawyers . I do think this happens more often to people of color. But then I thought it actually seems to happen more often to low-income people, no matter their color. But then I had to remind myself that I went to the same high school as Marty Tankleff, and he was rich and white. So there are so many things wrong that need to be changed. For one, the way interrogations are allowed to be conducted is horrifying. I am now ingraining it in my middle class, white children’s heads to NEVER confess to a crime they didn’t commit, no matter what someone tells you. Thank you for all the amazing work you do !

YellowLizard ,

really excellent podcast

This podcast is very well done and unlike any other I've listened to. It always teaches me something new about our criminal justice system. I know it sounds like a depressing downer, but they manage to make it hopeful and meaningful.

Sunshine in Iowa ,

Iowa Farmer Todd Mullins

Please help Todd Mullins, the Iowa farmer get a fair trial. How did the jury get it wrong!?

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